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Three serious accidents reason for YPD patrols on Glenwood



Published: Thu, January 16, 2014 @ 12:04 a.m.

By joe gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

youngstown

The police department on Tuesday began a series of patrols on Glenwood Avenue to help cut down on the number of alcohol-related crashes on the street.

Lt. William Ross, head of the department’s Traffic Bureau, said within the past six months, there have been two fatal accidents and one crash with a serious injury on the road, and at least two of those were alcohol related.

The patrols will run the entire length of Glenwood Avenue, from the border with Boardman to where the street ends at Mahoning Avenue.

On the first night of the patrols, officers did stop a car and arrested a driver on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Ross said tests are pending to determine that person’s alcohol level.

He said the decision was made to have the extra detail after studying crash data with new Chief Robin Lees, who approved the patrols.

Ross said he could not pinpoint one way or another why Glenwood Avenue seems to have its share of bad accidents.

“Through strategic mapping, this is where we are getting an inordinate amount of crashes,” Ross said.

There have been other details run on the street before through the Mahoning County Operating a Vehicle Impaired Task Force, but not for a while, Ross said.

The department is also running other traffic details in other parts of the city, said Ross.

In 2013, the city recorded 10 fatal accidents. Of those 10, at least four involved alcohol, said Patrolman Brian Booksing of the Accident Investigation Unit.

He said tests still are being done on a couple of other cases to determine if alcohol was a factor in those cases.

In 2012, Youngstown had eight traffic deaths, and seven in 2011.


Comments

1Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Glenwood avenue is the straightest and safest route between Boardman and Youngstown.

I imagine Meridian Road from the truck stops / I80 exchange all the way through Tippecanoe Road wouldn't be too far behind in a county wide patrol.

Thank you YPD for these patrols. You are needed.

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2Pyroc(111 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Patrols are needed on Glenwood in the early morning hours when people are going to work. I have seen many instances of drivers going around cars that are waiting at red lights, and blowing right through the intersections. This happens from the area where the Playhouse is down to Mahoning Ave.

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3123goz(559 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I have seen people use the turning lane as a passing lane, or just the 60 mph lane. Wonder why it's like that from 62 to Mahoning. Now the condition of that road was pitiful, so I understand why you can't drive in your own lane. I have not been on it for about 6 months, I use an alternate plan to get where I'm going now.

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4JMHO(144 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

How about running radar on I-680 during morning rush hour? It's like the Indianapolis speedway. The speed limit is 50 but if you're going 60 you'll get blown off the road. The speed limit is 50 for a reason.......so many entrance and exit ramps. There are several accidents there per week.

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5jr(12 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with alot of the posts. However i wonder if all the lights on some of our roads are necessary anymore. I know of a couple that can go since i would believe the reason for them was a local school that now does not even exist anylonger. Some waste drivers gas & add to pollution. I wonder if anyone out there knows how much a intersection stop light cost the city in electric and upkeep yearly?

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6thirtyninedollars(239 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

uh why hasn't their been this kind of patrol to begin with? Glenwood goes right through the south side hood. So it would make sense to patrol this area for the gangbangers anyway..

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7southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Patrol Glenwood and the offenders will shift to another street!

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8JMHO(144 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Jr is right on the money. Way too many unnecessary and outdated traffic lights.

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9John44(14 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The reason for no police running radar on Glenwood in the past is due to the police and other county and city workers that used to live on the West side had to get to work fast. Now that these people have retired or moved out of the city they can start watching.
Call Mr. Shasho and ask him why the lights are as bad as they are and why he only has one experienced person working on over 200 traffic lights 24/7.

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